or barber's pole
- a pole with red and white spiral stripes symbolizing the barber's former sideline of surgery.
Origin of barber pole
First recorded in 1675–85
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Examples from the Web for barber pole
Then he looked up at the man on the barber-pole, and he was shivering too.Seven O'Clock Stories
Robert Gordon Anderson
So he laid aside his valise and barber-pole crutch and got ready to go down in the hole, which wasn't very big.
But Uncle Wiggily hit the bad bird with his barber-pole crutch, and the hawk flew away, flopping his wings and tail.
Almost at the end of the next block there was a barber-pole with its stripes running round.
The world swam round so that Charles was minded to clutch the barber-pole, but he bethought himself in time that it was dusty.